Are you a team player who is excited about working with young people?
Do you want to work in a state-of-the-art children’s home that is taking an innovative approach to residential care?
Are you looking for your next career step with an organisation that will provide you with excellent training and support?
Lighthouse has reached an exciting point in our journey and we are looking for a fantastic, committed group of people to work in our first not-for-profit children’s home in South West London. For full details about the roles or to find out more about our recruitment process to go https://lighthousechildrenshomes.org.uk/join-our-team/
Lighthouse is a charity creating life-changing, education-focused children’s homes to ensure that children in care have the same opportunities as everyone else.
We believe that children growing up in residential care should go on to achieve great things and lead fulfilling lives. We believe that social pedagogy, a focus on education, people and place is the best approach to supporting young people.
The Lighthouse team is driven by a shared commitment to creating empowering places where everyone has the opportunity to grow and learn. We follow our key values of Respect, Play, Difference, Empowerment, Curiosity and Excellence.
We have reached an exciting point in our journey - our team has been working to launch Lighthouse’s first not-for-profit children’s home, which will support up to six 12-18 year olds and is set to open towards the end of 2021. We are recruiting a diverse team of practitioners to work in the home, who have varying life experiences, skills and strengths. The skills and strengths we’re looking for reflect what young people in care have told us are the things that are most important to them.
As a Social Pedagogy Practitioner you will ensure that children in our home receive the best care possible and have the same opportunities as everyone else. You will:
- Work closely with their families to strengthen relationships and help them to achieve their potential.
- Build strong relationships with young people on an individual and group basis, engaging in fun and practical activities with them.
- Support them on their journey through their teenage years, help them figure out their future plans, and work towards their goals.
- Help keep them safe and act as an advocate and role model for them.
- Work with young people, their families, your team and partner agencies to achieve this.
We will provide you with comprehensive training, and support you to achieve professional qualifications at Level 5 or Level 7 in social pedagogy within your first two years of employment.
Job description and Person Specification
The attached job descriptions and person specifications provide more detail about the role and what is required. We hire for potential, so we encourage applications from people who feel they may not meet every aspect of the person specification.
Social Pedagogy Practitioner Job Description and Person Specification - https://lighthousechildrenshomes.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Social-Pedagogy-Practitioner-JD-and-PS.pdf
We know that the most important thing when it comes to supporting children in children's homes are the people, so we want to find those with great potential to develop as practitioners. We are looking for people who are:
- Committed to working with young people in care, and want to encourage and help them to reach their goals.
- Enthusiastic team players, who have a positive attitude, a willingness to get stuck in, and the determination to make our first home a success
- Kind and caring, honest and reliable, and can be good advocates and role models for our children
- Able to bring fun ideas and activities to help better connect and form strong relationships with our young people, and enjoy going out and about in the community to explore new things together.
- Patient, understanding and empathetic to our children, as well as supportive and helpful to your team members
- A good listener and an active participant who can make sure our first home has a family-feel and that we create an inclusive culture
- Resilient and will try again when there are setbacks
- Able to adapt your approach depending on the situation, reflect and learn for the next time
You will be responsible for safeguarding young people and put their safety and wellbeing first. You will need to find the balance between being warm, friendly and supportive, while also being professional and acting as a good parent would to hold boundaries and put young people’s best interests first.
Every day in a children’s home is different, and at times, because of different underlying experiences, their behaviour can be challenging. You will need to look beyond their behaviour and work out why they might be feeling that way.
We are a new home, so we are looking for people who are committed to building up a new home and growing with us over time.
At Lighthouse we are committed to safeguarding all children and young people in our care. As part of our recruitment process we conduct rigorous checks and vetting of all applicants in line with legal and regulatory requirements, and best practice.
This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (police records) check, including overseas police checks where necessary. Please note that this post is exempt from the limitations of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, and as such all previous cautions and convictions will need to be disclosed as part of any application.
Want to find out more about the roles? We are holding recruitment events throughout March and April, where you can find out more about Lighthouse and the roles, and have an opportunity to ask any questions you have. Sign up here - https://lighthousechildrenshomes.org.uk/events/